Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Autumn Crocuses
Autumn crocuses appear much like their spring-blooming cousins, but send up blossoms as the chill of winter is in the air. They include Crocus speciosus with violet flowers and C. kotschyanus in lavender-blue. A highly prized plant is saffron crocus, C. sativus, with its bright orange-red stigmas that have been valued to impart flavor and the golden glow to fine cuisine.

Autumn crocus do best in full sun and well-drained soil. They are particularly effective mass-planted in drifts, near rocks, under shrubbery, and as edging for borders. They are quite tolerant of dry shade. They are always a welcome addition to the garden as the mornings turn frosty.

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Container Plants and Pots
Many plants growing in containers cannot withstand severe cold temperatures. Protect the root ball of plants growing in a non-insulated container by wrapping the container with bubble wrap. Then add a second wrapping of burlap and tie in place. This makes the pot more functional and attractive over the fall and winter.

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